Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour

Booking a PSHE speaker? Read this first...

23 May 2018

When used appropriately, external visitors can be an excellent support or enhancement to PSHE. But how can you be sure their input is safe, effective and relevant? Anne Bell advises


The influence of the SmartPhone: Part 1

23 May 2018

SmartPhones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In a new six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the implications for education and society



Mental health and LGBT+

23 May 2018

The threats to mental health and wellbeing for LGBT+ students are many, varied and clear. Adele Bates highlights some of the challenges and advises schools


Supporting refugee children in your school

16 May 2018

Refugee children are among the most vulnerable in our schools and can face a range of challenges. Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks some expert advice


When you ring a helpline...

9 May 2018

More teachers are reaching out for help when they feel under pressure. Julian Stanley looks at what happens when you make that call and access any kind of counselling or support


The cornerstones of character: Opportunity

9 May 2018

In the final of his four articles on the cornerstones of good character and mental health provision, Matt Bawden looks at the opportunities available and how to take hold of them…


Safeguarding changes: Will they make a difference?

2 May 2018

Schools are on the front-line when it comes to safeguarding our children. With government guidance currently being overhauled after the Children and Social Work Act, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what schools should be aware of


How to talk to troubled students

2 May 2018

It can be daunting when a troubled student chooses to disclose to you. Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises how to talk so that young people who need your help will listen


Online safeguarding: Trends, resources and advice

2 May 2018

Safeguarding and online safety expert Charlotte Aynsley identifies some of the growing trends to look out for in the months ahead and considers what a whole-school approach to online safeguarding should look like


Tackling LGBT bullying

2 May 2018

Almost half of all LGBT pupils face abuse at school simply because they are LGBT. Stonewall’s Sam Hardwick looks at what we can do and signposts a range of resources


Vulnerable students: The power of the great outdoors

25 April 2018

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust supports professionals working with young people who are especially vulnerable to mental health problems. In a new series, Clare Stafford talks to experts about how to support our most vulnerable pupils



Bereavement: Learning about loss

18 April 2018

Bereavement is a sensitive area for teachers and schools to tackle, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Ahead of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Alison Penny offers her advice


The seven myths of PSHE education

18 April 2018

With an increasing focus on the role of PSHE education in preparing young people for today’s world, the PSHE Association’s Jenny Barksfield dispels seven commonly found myths about this crucial subject


Exclusion: Back from the brink?

14 March 2018

Finishing her three-part series focused on exclusion and the negative impact that this can have for so many young people, Karen Sullivan looks at why and how we might keep more students in the mainstream system



How do you support your LGBT+ staff?

7 March 2018

How many of your school’s staff are LGBT? Half of LGBT+ people are not out in their workplaces. Adele Bates looks at why this is and the barriers LGBT+ people often face in schools


Alcohol education in schools

7 March 2018

Children commonly have their first drink at around age 13, and while attitudes to drinking among young people are changing, it is still a major health concern. Helena Conibear looks at effective alcohol education and the support the Alcohol Education Trust can offer


Staff wellbeing: More than just a policy

7 March 2018

A school-wide policy on protecting staff wellbeing and mental health is essential, but it must not stop there – definitive action is required, says Julian Stanley


A trans inclusive school

7 March 2018

How can schools ensure that they are meeting their legal and moral obligations to be a trans inclusive school? Stonewall’s Emma Starkey offers her advice and signposts useful resources


Talking about periods

7 March 2018

Talking to pupils about periods can be challenging for many teachers. Becky Hipkiss offers us some best practice tips


PSHE & RSE: The impact of porn on the young

28 February 2018

The impact that pornography has on the lives of young people – in particular their knowledge, beliefs and expectations about sex, gender and intimate relationships – is becoming alarmingly clear. Stephanie Enson explores the issue and discusses preventative strategies


The Stella Project: Supporting vulnerable learners

28 February 2018

The Stella Project has been working with professionals to provide mental health training in order to better support vulnerable learners. Clare Stafford explains more about the legacy the year-long project hopes to leave


Exclusion in education: Why exclude?

28 February 2018

Exclusion can sometimes be a necessary last resort, but increasingly the evidence is pointing to many ‘offenders’ for whom this solution is just not appropriate. Karen Sullivan explains

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